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DUNE. David Lynch, dir. and script. USA: Universal (release), 1984. A Dino De Laurentiis "presentation," prod. by Raffaella De Laurentiis. Based on the novel by Frank Herbert. 145 minutes.

See for very high-tech machines that are both futuristic and old-fashioned, and for design in general, from special effects to costuming. Discussed by V. Sobchack in Screening Space[1], Chapter 4. Rev. New York Times 14 Dec. 1984: 18 Y, Newsweek 10 Dec. 1984. (A re-release version restored footage that clarified the story.) // Also, note planet of the evil House Harkonnen imaged with machinery, in one establishing shot with Lynch's "Mentat Mantra" diegetically on the soundtrack, stressing will: "It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."[2] Contrast watery homeworld of the Atreides and the deserts of Arrakis/Dune.

See also DUNE: Part Two from 2024.

(Annotation expanded 29 July 2006.) RDE, finishing, 7Mar24